Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cain's Question


After Cain killed his brother, the Bible recounts possibly the most important question in the First Testament.
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don't know,” he replied. “Am I my brother's keeper?”
A very good case can be made, I think, that the remainder of the Bible, from that moment on, is commentary on Cain's question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 
 Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky. for this week's sermon, "Cain's Question" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Speaking Truth To Power

As a Christian, do you feel any responsibility to assist in the reclamation of the world? That's a big question, the answer to which depends on how you understand your relationship to God.

What I hear,  too often, is of a God like the school Lunch Lady with an endless counter of food, ranging from the best through ordinary, to Spam and it's cousins and finally to a freshly deposited steaming cow pat. If you've been an inoffensive person, gone to church, and not caused too much fuss, the Lunch Lady gives you a delicious sandwich. Those who made a fuss get a sandwich of an entirely different sort. Such a view of God might teach fear of God, but it won't call forth your spirit to heal a suffering world.


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Speaking Truth to Power by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Unintended Evil

We were proud to host Shea Wolford, missionary to Guadalajara, as our speaker today. She gave us a detailed view of her work in Mexico, both with house churches, and with an orphanage. May God speed her in this work.
That meant no sermon for those in attendance, but I did prepare one for our online visitors. It deals with the man we overlook, Herod. Herod prided himself on keeping his promises, but allowed himself to be tricked into murdering John the Baptiser, a man who he actually liked to hear speak.  Which of us hasn't found himself between the devil and the deep blue sea?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Unintended Evil by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jesus Was Not A Nice Guy

Just who do you think you are, Jesus? It’s nice that you’re interested in religion, but you’re a carpenter and some of the things you are doing and saying just aren’t right. What are you playing at?
 The question for each of us is this: would those people in Nazareth have been offended by the image of Jesus you carry in your head or the Jesus of children’s books? Would the gentle Jesus of 21 st Century American churches have ruffled any feathers at all in Palestine? I’d like to suggest that he would not. Such a domesticated Jesus could do no deeds of power in his home town and I’d suggest that such a domesticated Jesus can do no deeds of power in our time, either, though we need a deed of power now more than ever.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Jesus Was Not A Nice Guy by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Grain of Life

All who call upon the name of the Lord look with horror at the events at Mother Emanuel Church. We search in vain for some explanation of what could have caused this young man to go so far against the grain of life. In our worst moments, we might even come to doubt that there is a grain to life, and that our Father is maintaining it.


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Grain of Life by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

It's Not What You Thought

First, a mea culpa. We had a technical failure this morning that had nothing to do with the pastor being too daft to push the "Record" button, so we have only text this week. My apologies. Now...on to more important matters.

If you mention the phrase "The Kingdom of God" to a group of people, I'm confident that the mental images appearing in each person's mind will be as divergent as are the people imagining them. Jesus teaches that the Kingdom is like a mustard seed which grows we know not how. Humility is a good place to begin in any worship experience. Maybe we could remind ourselves that our image of the Kingdom isn't the definitive one.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, It's Not What You Thought by clicking HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Regular Way



First, an apology. This has been a trying week, with two deaths in our family. I don't know if I had a frog in my throat or if the grieving process had affected me in some way, but as I prepared today's sermon for upload, I couldn't miss the fact that I sound angry. I'm not angry, and I beg your forbearance. I don't know where that came from.

That said, here's something to think about. We all carry around an idea of right and wrong which we honor in a phrase an old friend of mine often used, "The Regular Way". Anything he perceived as unusual was not the regular way. As an example, I'm fairly sure he would not view Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn Jenner to be "the regular way". 


The problem of the regular way is that it leads us away from the teachings of the church as often as not. We tend to honor God but worship the regular way -- the way we understand the way of righteousness to be. Dietrich Bonhoeffer declared that the primal sin of humanity consists in putting the knowledge of good and evil before the knowledge of God. We yearn for the regular way, the way of our own righteousness, as a child yearns for mother’s milk. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Regular Way, by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.